Writers are often advised to find their own ‘voice’, to write as only they can and not to imitate others.
As a regular
contributor to the womag market that is not always easy. Constrained by editors’
guidelines, by the magazine’s ethos and house style, it is necessary to adjust
one’s work to suit the target market.
work for competitions enables more freedom although even that imposes
restraints. It is essential to observe the rules and conditions and follow the
theme (if one is given). Is it necessary to have regard to the judge’s known
preferences? Maybe not. We belittle their literary skills if we stereotype them
within a specific genre.
liberating to write without limiting factors. Sometimes I will write for no
other purpose than freewriting, placing words on the page to see where they take
me. And they do indeed take me on a journey to some strange and unexpected
places. One such example is the 75 word challenge of Paragraph Planet.
On Monday 25
May 2015, for one day only, my latest piece will be on their site. If you are
reading this blog on Bank Holiday Monday you can catch it here. (If you miss
it on the day, it will be available on the archive after 1st June.)
writing within guidelines and to competition specifications, over time we do
each develop our own writing style, that which makes our work unique.